It’s the little ones who hold the keys, the keys to everything~

#keys #kids

LIZA GARZA “Dragonfly” :: ~Sessions en Vida~

Another part of my series called “Sessions en Vida”.

Playing with cameras and exceptionally talented friends that have come into my life.

"sometimes, i think of the sun and the moon as lovers, who rarely meet, always chase, and almost always miss one another. But once in a while, they do catch up, and they kiss, and the world stares in awe of their eclipse"

Happy Hunters Full Moon and Happy Eclipse my wolverines

‪#‎howlaway‬

"you can’t see your reflection in moving water"

…so take a moment, and listen to your soul~

Whats the Water telling us?

Whats our Reflections telling us?

Whats the spirits telling us?

Cry You One

And I say to my heart: Rave On.
#maryoliver #quotes #fog b4 #sunrise

Alternate ROOTS :: ROOTS WEEK 2014

Some of the ways the sun starts to speak when we’re at Alternate ROOTS

Through high illumination, and deep still-water reflections.

Family,
you are all my shiny star sun beams, doing the hard work, learning from each other, and getting better every year.

To each and every one of you present this year
Thank you endless
thank you boundless
thank you plenty
thank you, Alternate Roots.

REFLECTIONS: A New Orleans Queer Style Portrait series

I’ve been working on a portrait series here in New Orleans that will continue to grow, as the diversity with-in our community is endless and boundless.

The amazing Sonny Oram from Qwear has featured my first set of images on their website.

a little queer summer swamp style~

https://qwear.squarespace.com/home/from-reflections-a-new-orleans-queer-style-portrait-series

La Guajira, Colombia :: 2014

I just recently returned from a job I did in La Guajira, Colombia - filming a documentary focusing on the impacts of extractive industry and environmental defender rights. Most of the communities affected are the Wayuu (Indigenous) and Guajiros (afro-Colombian).

I wasnt able to get too many photos since my focus was on filming them, but I have a few to share.

In this image below is a group of mestizos (mixed in heritage of both Wayuu and Guajiro). They sit some evenings watching the sun set , throwing rocks and joking about everyday life struggles on what they call “el cerrito” (the little mountain) in a community called “Las Casitas” -which is being displaced with-in the next year. This community has been here for centuries.
It took us crossing 2 rivers on a 4 x 4 to get there.

Some villages take 7 rivers to cross.

In the distance, that is not a canyon, its Cerrejon, one of the biggest open cast coal mines on earth. And its getting closer by the day to their home.

If any of you have been moved by the images I’ve been sharing, and would like to connect with an organization that is doing some amazing work in La Guajira, Id like to invite you to follow and support: Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu who’s motto is “Defender La Tierra Es Un Acto De Paz” ( Defending the earth is an act of peace).

Id also like to send a huge thank you to the creators and visionaries of the film, and whom you should follow to stay updated on the developments of the film: Jordan Flaherty and Ewa Jasiewicz

“its time to take a long, hard look at ourselves, and how we are managing mother earh, and how our actions, greed and consumption is affecting our brothers and sisters across the world.” -Angelica (One of the leaders in Fuerza de Mujeres Wayouu)

in Community~
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                                             Melisa Cardona

New Shots by my buddy Ryan P. Ward (edits by me) as I get back in front of the camera.

Storytellin’ from both sides of the lenz~

Fun times :)